In the preceding chapter, we saw how Cauchy became a member of the faculty of the École Polytechnique, first, in November 1815, by replacing Poinsot as professor of analysis and then, in September 1816, by obtaining an appointment as a full professor of analysis and mechanics. After the closing of the École in May, classes did not resume until January 1817. However, the Conseil d’Instruction (Curriculum Committee) of the École began to hold a series of sessions on November 15, 1816, in order to organize the instructional program for the academic year 1816–1817. The courses in analysis and mechanics, which would henceforth be taught by the same professor, were of particular concern.
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